Davis family says goodbye and hello

GOOD MORNING: The late Marvin and Barbara Davis’ daughter Nancy (Mrs. Ken Rickel) welcomed twin daughters Monday noon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Nancy’s mother, Barbara Davis, was in the delivery room. A happy Davis family group waited outside the room. On Sunday afternoon, Nancy had joined the entire family for the private burial services in Westwood for her father. She also continued on to the Davis home where the family and friends gathered for a buffet dinner by the Davis staff. Barbara greeted the guests along with her children. She took a second to let me know she’s just added Beyonce to the Oct. 23 Carousel of Hope gala. … On Saturday, Yom Kippur, John Davis and his son Jack were to have gone up to the altar at services of Temple Shalom for the Arts — but that was the day Marvin died. Father and son will be in temple together Saturday, when Jack will be Bar Mitvah’d with Rabbi David Baron of the Temple Shalom again officiating … The funeral service for Marvin helped to remind everyone of his strength as a family man and businessman. His children and grandchildren spoke eloquently — often tearfully. Sidney Poitier related at length of his affection for Marvin. Others praising Marvin included Mo Ostin and Herb Cook. David Foster, who was in British Columbia Saturday appearing for his foundation for children who need transplants, winged in in time to arrange for the musical interludes at the funeral. Michael Buble sang “I’ll Be Seeing You,” Nita Whitaker took time away from rehearsals for Monday night’s bow of “Ten Commandments’ to sing “Heaven Holds the One I Love” (by Foster and wife Linda), Carole Bayer Sager sang “That’s What Friends Are For” — and she brought up guest Stevie Wonder to join her in singing. Don Rickles, a regular at the Davis home and functions where he’d show no mercy in targeting Marvin, was an emotional “Mr. Warmth” in his goodbye to Davis. As a finale, Foster had everyone join in singing “Goodnight , Irene.” Marvin always asked Foster to play the tune at the end of any evening at the Knoll, the Davis home. I recalled the many times I’d spoken to Marvin at his office. He always replied honestly to any question and returned calls promptly. When I called to ask how he felt when his pitch for Universal was outbid, he said, “I never cry about what I didn’t get, but sometimes I cry about what I did get.” I’ll miss you Marvin –but you have a strong legacy and family to keep your flame glowing.

AL GORE was in Westwood Monday for a meeting on plans for nationwide heath insurance program. He didn’t take time out for lunch but instead had the neighboring Gardens on Glendon send up lunch for the group in the Glendon office building. The menu: cheeseburgers, tuna Nicoise salad, tortilla soup … Tony Bennett entertained Monday night at a Demo fundraiser a the home of Cathy and Mark Masry hosted by Rep. Charles Rangel (D.-N.Y.) Among those on hand: House Minority leader Nancy Pilosi (D.-Calif.) and her daughter, filmmaker Alexandra Pilosi. The latter’s “Diary of a Political Tourist” bows on HBO Oct. 11, and airs repeatedly up to Election Day. Pilosi followed the Demo candidates for two years on their hoped-for road to the White House. She’s convinced that Kerry’s win on the road for the nomination was sealed by the farm vote. She first hit the road with her handheld camcorder following George W. for “Journeys With George” in 2002. And she has a couple of cameos by George W. in the current docu as well. She says she was only able to get footage on him at an event like the White House barbecue, “when my mother was able to sneak me in.” As for Bush, she observed, “He knows how to manipulate the media.” Yes, she, too, will be glued to the TV set watching the first debate Thursday.

AGENT MERRITT BLAKE, who has known John Kerry since he was lt. governor and Blake’s daughter later was an intern in his Senate office in D.C., took it on himself to encourage Lions Gate (Steve Rothenberg) to reissue “Fahrenheit 9/11” in the Phoenix area last weekend. Blake and 10 volunteers from the Kerry Arizona election office worked each of the 10 theaters, registering voters. “Our thinking,” said Blake, was that “exit” viewers might be ripe to register for John Kerry after seeing Michael’s movie.” Blake says he’ll attempt it again next weekend and perhaps include Tucson as well … Robin Williams, Camryn Manheim, Dennis Franz will appear at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence awards Oct. 7 at the BevHilton. David E. Kelley will be honored for “the even-handed and thoughtful manner in which he presents gun violence issues in his work.” Also being honored are L.A. Police chief William J. Bratton for his years of public service and his leadership to help save the Federal Assault Weapon Ban, and Working Assets, the only phone company working against gun violence. The event will focus on the recently expired federal assault weapons ban. Can you believe it! … Kirk Douglas and Edward Lewis will receive the Freedom of Expression Medal from the Institute of Modern Letters Nov. 8 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater. They are honored for having broken the Hollywood Blacklist by using screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s name on their film “Spartacus.” And a restored print of the 1960 film will be shown after the presentation by Institute founder Glenn Schaeffer and Robert Rosen, dean of the UCLA School of Film and Television … Bob Newhart receives the 2004 Mary Pickford Achievement Award from the Screen Smart Set Auxiliary of the Motion Picture and Television Fund Thursday at the BevWilshire. Suzanne Pleshette, Newhart’s TV costar, makes the presentation — so you can look for some snappy repartee by this duo. And this year’s fashion show commentary will by Jayne Meadows and the auctioneer, Budd Friedman … “Take Me Out” hits a home run at the Brentwood Theater and may get a holdover. Next on the Geffen at the Brentwood sked, “Paint Your Wagon,” will directed by Gil Cates.

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